oly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6517 posts, RR: 11 Posted (2 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2659 times:
Interesting story within a story for this. The aircraft crashed in WW2, but to avoid any German interest or reprisals in the area, a haunt for resistance members who also helped allied personnel being rescued, the remains of the aircraft were thrown into a 100m deep cave and the locals kept silent about it for decades.
oly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6517 posts, RR: 11 Reply 2, posted (2 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2606 times:
Quoting cjg225 (Reply 1): Just when you think that most of the history has been told already, it provides another interesting tale.
Yes, reported history can only ever scratch the surface of what happened and there must be thousands of untold stories that will eventually die with the participants unless there is something like this to hang the story on.
prebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6128 posts, RR: 55 Reply 3, posted (2 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2205 times:
I love this sentence from th BBC link:
Quote: In fact, one reason why there are no complete Dorniers today is because after the war, their metal fuselages were recycled for other industrial needs.
Fact is that at the end of WW2, when the western and eastern front had met each other, and most of Germany had been occupied by allied forces, then a substantial part of all flyable Luftwaffe planes had been flown to still nazi occupied Denmark. Hundreds if not thousands of planes were parked at about a dozen Luftwaffe bases in Denmark.
Monty had hardly "escaped" from his joyful ticker tape parade in Copenhagen before he ordered all German planes on Danish soil destroyed. They were driven over by tanks, and the remains was sold to local scrap handlers.
And sure that scrap metal was recycled. For instance after the war Denmark was in great need for more coins. Millions of low value coins were produced of aluminum instead of the more durable metal used before the war. So nothing really wrong in what BBC tells us.
The only survivors were a handful of planes which were interesting for technical investigation by the British and Americans. Me-262 and such. Therefore, for instance, there is a 262 at Smithsonian.
So if you are a coins collector, and you have some Danish coins from 1945-47, then you may own a piece of a Do-217 bomber or such.
Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm